Antonio Conte makes honest admission about being Chelsea manager

Ruben Hill
September 13, 2017

Chelsea take on Azerbaijani champions Azerbaijani Qarabag FK tonight as they look to record their third win in a row.

Conte left out David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger, Victor Moses and Alvaro Morata for Tuesday's 6-0 thumping of the Azerbaijan minnows at Stamford Bridge. We started the Champions League in the right way. "To score many goals, to win and to have a clean sheet - I saw a lot of positive things tonight", Conte said.

Qarabag boss Gurban Gurbanov said: "The game was very hard for us".

Cesar Azpilicueta is one of the best central defenders in the world, according to Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte.

Conte handed rare starts to the likes of Andreas Christensen, Davide Zappacosta and Michy Batshuayi for the match, the latter two of whom were among the scorers on the night. "I just want to play my football".

"If we think like last season to play with only 13 players we are insane".

Deadline-day signing Zappacosta, apparently looking to cross the ball, produced a swirling screamer of a goal from some 35 metres out on the half hour.

The Nigerian worldwide excelled at right wing-back during Chelsea's title winning campaign, but Zappacosta will be keen to take the spot following an impressive debut.

"It was a good start, a flawless start for us", Conte said. It's not easy to totally change your sporting life in one week, but the answer was very good.

"We must be calm and to do the best for the player and for the team".

Conte added: "We must have a bit of patience with him and to try to give the possibility for Eden to recover very well".

"It's a very hard period for us".

'Otherwise we risk bad injury and delaying the situation.

1-0! What a brilliant strike from Pedro and our Champions League campaign is off and running!

Chelsea will go into Sunday's Premier League derby against Arsenal brimming with confidence.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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